Fraud is a crime so, if you think you've experienced it, we would encourage you to report it. Many fraud offences must now be reported direct to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud-reporting centre run by the National Fraud Authority. You can either report online (www.actionfraud.police.uk), available 24 hours a day, or you can speak to an advisor by calling the reporting line on: 0300 123 2040.
But there are fraud and forgery offences that must still be reported to the police, such as:
· Making, supplying or possession of articles for use in a fraud
· Possession of false documents
· Making off without payment – fuel only
· Forgery or use of drug prescription
· Fraud, forgery etc. associated with vehicle or driver records … and there are other offences.
If in doubt, consult the Action Fraud website.
ALWAYS REPORT FRAUD AND INTERNET CRIME
You should always contact the police by dialing 999 as soon as practicable - and when it is safe to do so - if you suspect someone has committed a fraud. Also, dial 999 to inform the police if you know that goods connected with a fraud are soon to be delivered to an address in Essex or you know the person you believe to be responsible for the fraud. Forms of Internet fraud include:
Account takeover - advance fee frauds - bank card and cheque fraud - business directory fraud - business opportunity fraud - charity donation fraud - clairvoyant or psychic scams - click fraud - domain name scams - fraud recovery fraud - government agency scams - health scams - holiday fraud - identity fraud - inheritance fraud - internet auction fraud - internet dialler scam - land banking scams - loan scams - lottery scams - mass marketing fraud - miracle health scams - money muling - online shopping fraud - plastic card fraud - rental fraud - romance scams - vehicle matching scams - West African or 419 scam - work from home scams
More advice is on the Action Fraud website